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Newcastle Ocean Baths
Vacation Travel Guide

Newcastle featuring general coastal views

Snap photos of the art deco pavilion and two large pools that make up one of the city’s most iconic structures.

Newcastle Ocean Baths comprises three pools of ocean water along the Pacific Coast. The narrow stretch is for laps, while sun seekers can relax in the large rectangular swimming pool and youngsters can wade in the Canoe Pool. Enjoy the spectacular views of the coast and the impressive ocean baths pavilion.

Walk and exercise in these calm pools of saltwater. Relax by the side of the water to work on your tan. Take a dip to cool down on hot, sunny days. Notice how the waves break into the pool at high tide. The site includes changing rooms and other facilities.

Lay down a blanket on the grassy rise of the Ocean Baths Lookout Point, across the road from the pools. Wander along Shortland Esplanade and notice the excellent views of the ocean.

Admire the art deco pavilion building of the ocean baths, which is cream with touches of turquoise. It lights up at night, generating an electrifying ambiance against the dark ocean. It is often used as an open-air studio for amateur photographers.

Bring your toddlers to the large, circular Canoe Pool beside the main structure. It is usually unsupervised, but very shallow. Clamber over the rocks to the adjacent Newcastle Beach and relax on the sandy shore.

Note that the site is free to use and remains open at all times aside from a weekly clean at low tide. Lifeguards watch over the pools year-round from morning until late afternoon. They stay a little later in the day in summer, which is from the end of September to the end of April.

Newcastle Ocean Baths is on the southern part of the peninsula of Newcastle East on the city’s eastern flank. Take a bus to one of the stops approaching the coast. You can also drive and leave your car in a designated space in front of the pavilion. Visit nearby attractions, such as Fort Scratchley, Nobbys Beach and Foreshore Park.

Top Hotels Close to Newcastle Ocean Baths

Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is $154 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newcastle Civic Theater and Newcastle Beach. Foreshore Footpath and Newcastle Local ...
4.3/5Excellent! (944 reviews)
"All good - except that most staff at restaurant was tired and upset. Also note parking is expensive 30 dollars a day - but it comes with Valet service."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Rydges Newcastle
NOAH'S On The Beach
NOAH'S On The Beach
4 out of 5
Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, Newcastle East, NSW
The price is $113 per night from May 9 to May 10
Offering direct access to the beach, this Newcastle East hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Newcastle Ocean Baths and Newcastle Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (962 reviews)
"Great location, great renovation, helpful local staff, great restaurant in the hotel. Nothing was too much trouble when we needed assistance. We will return there next time"

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

NOAH'S On The Beach
Novotel Newcastle Beach
Novotel Newcastle Beach
4.5 out of 5
5 King Street, Newcastle, NSW
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $133 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in the heart of Newcastle, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Head Beach. Newcastle Civic Theater and Merewether ...
4.3/5Excellent! (964 reviews)
"Great hotel, clean and easy to get to see the ripcurlcup. Staff was nice and check our and in quick."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Novotel Newcastle Beach
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Rydges Newcastle
Rydges Newcastle
4.5 out of 5
Wharf Rd & Merewether St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is $154 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Rydges Newcastle
NOAH'S On The Beach
NOAH'S On The Beach
4 out of 5
Cnr Shortland Esplanade and Zaara Street, Newcastle East, NSW
The price is $113 per night from May 9 to May 10
NOAH'S On The Beach
Novotel Newcastle Beach
Novotel Newcastle Beach
4.5 out of 5
5 King Street, Newcastle, NSW
The price is $133 per night from May 2 to May 3
Novotel Newcastle Beach
Alloggio Newcastle Beach
Alloggio Newcastle Beach
3 out of 5
21 Parnell Place, Newcastle East, NSW
The price is $66 per night from May 23 to May 24
Alloggio Newcastle Beach
Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)
Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)
4 out of 5
111 Scott St, Newcastle, NSW
The price is $128 per night from May 23 to May 24
Terminus Apartment Hotel (formerly Quality Apartments City Centre Newcastle)
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - 9 Alfred
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - 9 Alfred
3.5 out of 5
9 Alfred Street, Newcastle East, NSW
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - 9 Alfred
The Grand Hotel Newcastle
The Grand Hotel Newcastle
4 out of 5
32 Church Street, Newcastle, NSW
The price is $94 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
The Grand Hotel Newcastle
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Alfred Street Terraces
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Alfred Street Terraces
3.5 out of 5
4 & 6 Alfred Street, Newcastle East, NSW
Newcastle Short Stay Apartments - Alfred Street Terraces
Stevenson Beach Cottage - Newcastle East
Stevenson Beach Cottage - Newcastle East
Newcastle, NSW
Stevenson Beach Cottage - Newcastle East
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.